Greater Faithfulness: Conduct in the Church

July 28, 2019 | Dr. Wes George

Passage: 1 Timothy 2:1-15

. . .I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”   1 Timothy 3:15  

We are called to pray. 1-2

1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

We are called to embrace and express biblical theology regarding the gospel.

 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.  For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.  1 Timothy 2: 3-7

Men are called to lead in igniting a prayer movement.

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. 1 Timothy 2:8

Women are called to modesty and ministry. 9-10

9 Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, 10 but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.

Women are instructed pertaining to receiving instruction in the church. 11

11 A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness.

Women are directed in teaching and exercising authority in the church. 12

12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.

Women are not forbidden to teach.  2 Tim. 1:5; 3:14-15 Titus 2:4

Teaching and exercising authority are grammatically connected.

Teaching and exercising authority are the responsibilities of the pastor.

Women are not permitted to teach or exercise authority over men in the church; therefore, women should not be pastors.

We should consider Creation and the Fall in conjunction with these instructions. 13-15

13 For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.

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